Metallica’s James Hetfield Teams Up With Drew Estate For “Blackened” Cigars

Metallica’s James Hetfield has joined forces with Drew Estate founder Jonathan Drew and Blackened American Whiskey master distiller Rob Dietrich to create Blackened “M81” cigars. They will be available through Drew Estate preferred retailers in December.

The following was said about the cigars on

“An exploration into the deepest, darkest and heaviest depths of the mystical Maduro leaf, Blackened by Drew Estate is a collaboration between Drew Estate Founder and President, Jonathan Drew; Metallica’s Co-Founder, lead singer and guitarist, James Hetfield; and BLACKENED® American Whiskey Master Distiller and Blender, Rob Dietrich.

The all-Maduro Blackened by Drew Estate blend is bold, rich and powerful enough to satisfy the most experienced cigar connoisseur, but also balanced and not so overpowering that new cigar lovers can enjoy as well.


Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Binder: Connecticut River Valley Broadleaf Maduro
Filler: Nicaraguan Maduro and Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro
Taste profile: Dark, bold and unapologetic with notes of espresso, leather and dark chocolate
Body: Medium- to full-bodied”

Hetfield commented:

“It is really a fun social thing for me, a fellowship, to have a few buddies sit around with a few sticks. My buddy Rob Dietrich and I frequently enjoy cigars together, and he introduced me to Jonathan from Drew Estate. The three of us connected and shared each other’s vision and story about where we’ve been, what we like to see, what is important to us now, and we all came up with what a Blackened ‘M81’ Cigar would look and taste like. I love the Maduro leaf, and I’m super excited for everyone to try this.”

Dietrich continued:

“This was a project that was purely born from passion…for music, for fellowship, for life, and all the in-between moments within. James, Jonathan and I worked together to create what we feel like is the perfect cigar. The result is truly a monster of flavor — a triple Maduro, designed with definitive depth for darker and bolder palates.”

“The bold, ultra-dark tobacco of the triple Maduro embodied in the Blackened Cigars “M81″ pairs perfectly with the quality and depth of Blackened American Whiskey’s sweet bourbon and earthy rye blend, with the brandy cask finish tying both the tobacco and whiskey together in an unrivaled experience of flavor.”

Drew added:

“Hetfield, Dietrich and the Drew Estate team have dedicated an immense amount of time into this historic brand. Blackened Cigars ‘M81’ Cigars by Drew Estate reveals layer after layer of Maduro’s deepest, darkest, most magical, and mysterious character that narrates a defining story of just one thing … passion!!!”


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